She was seeing through Rhett's eyes the passing, not of a woman but of a legend—the gentle, self-effacing but steel-spined women on whom the South had builded its house in war and to whose proud and loving arms it had returned in defeat. (not reviewed by editor)
Around Melanie's tactful and self-effacing person, there rapidly grew up a clique of young and old who represented what was left of the best of Atlanta's ante-bellum society, all poor in purse, all proud in family, die-hards of the stoutest variety. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
She always effaces herself when she is with him.
Finnick`s real charms of self-effacing humor and an easygoing nature are on display for the first time.
Suzanne Collins -- Hunger Games Book #3 (Mockingjay)
Nor could they efface the images that lingered in Pedro and Tita`s minds, marking them forever.
Laura Esquivel -- Like Water for Chocolate
I will efface that blot on my father`s character.
Alexander Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
The tone of her prose, tender and effacing, is colored by the devotion of one who has dedicated her life to another`s art.